New Brunswick Official Named New Jersey’s ‘School Board Member of the Year’

TRENTON—Dale G. Caldwell, an 11-year member of the New Brunswick Board of Education and 10-year member of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, is the 2009 New Jersey’s School Board Member of the Year, the New Jersey School Boards Association announced this week.

“Dale has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of public education,” said Harry J. Delgado, NJSBA president. “As a school board member, Dale receives satisfaction in the knowledge that his leadership and hard work have benefited public school children throughout the City of New Brunswick, Middlesex County and the state of New Jersey.”


School board members in New Jersey receive no compensation for their service.
NJSBA, a statewide federation of local school districts, established its School Board Member of the Year program in 2005 as a way to highlight the contributions of the more than 4,800 local board of education members in New Jersey.

Nominations for this honor were made by other board members, superintendents, business officials, school district staff or the community and judged by an independent panel from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Caldwell was nominated by the superintendents of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission and New Brunswick School District, Mark Finkelstein and Richard Kaplan, respectively.

“Dale has exemplified leadership in the field of education with a strong commitment to the children of New Jersey,” said Finkelstein.

“During his years of service to public education, Dale has made decisions that helped to improve curriculum, enhanced athletic programs, negotiated fair union contracts, established effective working relationships between board members and superintendents, published a book for students, created an international education program and volunteered thousands of hours to public education,” noted Kaplan.

Caldwell currently serves as president of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission and has been president and vice-present of the New Brunswick school board.

He has earned the designation of Certified Board Member through NJSBA’s Board Member Academy, a program that recognizes advanced levels of training among school board members.

Caldwell is the President and CEO of Tempus Management Consulting LLC, which provides financial, operations and technology advice designed to improve the performance of client organizations.

In 2008, Caldwell published a book, School to Work to Success, to provide the foundations that students in suburban, urban and rural districts need to succeed in college, work and life.

Caldwell also founded the nonprofit Residential After-School Program, Inc. (RASP) which has provided services to schools, community organization and government agencies that service the youth of New Jersey. He also founded the Classroom Press Conference (CPC), which brings executives into school to be interviewed in-depth by students.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His professional experience includes serving as the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Executive Director of the Newark Alliance, and as a Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting.

Caldwell and his wife Sharon reside in New Brunswick with their infant daughter.
NJSBA plans to honor him at its annual conference, Workshop 2009, to be held in Atlantic City in October.

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